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Funded Research degree opportunities

We currently have the following funded Research degree opportunities available.    

BCAST PhD Studentship: Residual Stress Analysis and Prediction on Cylinder Head Castings

Applications are invited for ONE full time EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentship at BCAST starting from 1st October 2018. You will receive an annual stipend of £16,777 and payment of your full-time home tuition fees for a period of 42 months. 

BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). The research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. 

Deadline: Noon on Friday 31st August 2018

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Project Details

The project will include design of featured castings or direct use of cylinder head castings for residual stress analysis; Validation of measuring methods and measurement of residual stress in castings; prediction of residual stress through modelling or suitable methods; and setup of quantitative relationship between materials processing and residual stress. The project also aims to understand the underlying mechanisms responsible for the formation of residual stress in castings. You are expected to interact with other researchers in University and research engineers from industry and will acquire a set of skills in advanced materials characterization/analysis.   

BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information.


Informal enquires should be emailed to Dr. Shouxun Ji at shouxun.ji@brunel.ac.uk 

Eligibility

You will have or expect to receive a minimum 2:1 first degree in a relevant subject, e.g.: Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics or Mechanical Engineering.  A Masters qualification is an advantage but not essential.

You must have been resident in the UK for three or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship.

How to Apply

Please e-mail all the documents listed below to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by Noon on Friday 31st August 2018 at the latest.  Interviews will take place in September 2018.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A one A4 page personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e.: your skills and experience);
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript (s);
  • Evidence of English language capability to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections), if applicable;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.

 

College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences PhD Studentship: Cyber-secure Predictive Control in Chemical Plants

Applications are invited for one full time PhD studentship jointly supervised by the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Computer Science at Brunel University London. The proposed PhD project will develop a comprehensive framework (concept, theory, software and implementation strategy) to identify, predict, prevent and mitigate cyberattacks in chemical plants.

Deadline: Noon on Friday 31st August 2018

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Project Details

A recent report has shown that Cybersecurity is at the top of the global risks of Fortune 500 CEOs with 72% of them being afraid that their firms are not fully prepared for cyber events. In chemical plants, cybersecurity breaches can lead not only to legal and reputational risk but, more importantly, to major safety issues for the personnel and the general population.

The aim is to develop a “Cyber-secure predictive control” strategy for chemical plants that enables resilience of control schemes to cyberattacks thus de-risking operations. In particular, the successful applicant for this PhD studentship will develop digital twins for a range of chemical plant assets and use these models to test, detect and respond to attacks.

Once developed, the framework can be used to map potential threats and weaknesses, manage live threats and attacks, quantify risk and economic cost of consequences and evaluate control strategies that prevent threats.

For an informal general discussion regarding the above post, please contact Dr. Francesco Coletti Francesco.coletti@brunel.ac.uk, Professor Panos Louvieris at Panos.Louvieris@brunel.ac.uk or Professor Mohammad Kalbassi at Mohammad.Kalbassi@brunel.ac.uk.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in mathematics, computer science, process systems engineering or a closely related discipline. Experience in scientific computation and/or database technologies is desirable.

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,777 (UK/EU candidates) or £10,000 (Overseas candidates) plus payment of their full time UK/EU or Overseas tuition fees, whichever is appropriate, for a period of 36 months (3 years).

How to Apply

Please e-mail your application comprising all of the documents listed below by Noon on Friday 31st August 2018 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk:

  • Your up-to-date CV
  • A 300-500 word document setting out ideas for your research project
  • A one A4 page statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. your skills and experience)
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript
  • Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent), if appropriate
  • Two academic references

Interviews will take place during September 2018 with a proposed start date in November 2018.

  

BCAST PhD Studentship: Advanced microscopy of ultra-high performance Al-alloys for Automotive Applications

Applications are invited for ONE full-time EPSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) PhD studentship for the project above at Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), Brunel University London starting from 1st October 2018. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,777 and payment of their full time home tuition fees.  

Deadline: 31st August 2018

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BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information.  

You will join a team working on the development of ultra-high performance 6xxx aluminium alloys for automotive applications. He/she will focus on the understanding of the interactions between precipitates and dislocations using advanced electronic microscopy techniques. A strong background in physical metallurgy is essential, and experience in microstructural characterisation is desirable. 

The project will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The projects will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST. You will be interacting with researchers in BCAST and with Constellium’s industrial research engineers.  

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491

Eligibility

You are required to have or expected to receive a first degree at 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is also an advantage. 

Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. 

How to Apply 

Please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 31st July 2018 at the latest: 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.

 

BCAST PhD Studentship: Thermomechanical Processing of AlMgSiCu Alloys for High Electrical and Thermal Conductivity Applications

Applications are invited for ONE full-time EPSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) PhD studentship for the project above at Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), Brunel University London starting from 1st October 2018. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,777 and payment of their full time home tuition fees.  

Deadline: 31st August 2018

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BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information.  

You will develop and optimise the melt treatment and thermomechanical processing (TMP) conditions for a new generation of higher thermal and electrical conductivity age hardening AlMgSiCu aluminium alloys for applications in the wiring systems of electric vehicles and in the cooling systems of electric vehicle battery modules. The research will involve liquid metal processing, extrusion and thermomechanical treatment of extruded sections. The processed sections will be analysed using a combination of optical/ electron microscopies and eddy current method to understand the effect of compositional and processing conditions on microstructure and conductivity.  A strong background in physical metallurgy is essential and experience in microstructural characterisation is desirable.    

The project will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The projects will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST. You will be interacting with researchers in BCAST and Constellium’s industrial research engineers. 

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491 

Eligibility 

You should have or expect to receive a first degree at 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship.

How to Apply 

Please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 31st July 2018 at the latest: 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.

 

BCAST PhD Studentship: Manufacturing Induced Property Development Using Electromagnetic Pulse Technology

Applications are invited for ONE full-time EPSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) PhD studentship for the project above at BCAST, Brunel University London starting from 1st October 2018. Successful applicant will receive an annual stipend of £16,777 and payment of their full time home tuition fees.   

Deadline: 31st August 2018

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BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information.

You will develop and optimise the use of a high velocity forming technology, known as electromagnetic pulse technology (EMPT) to increase the mechanical properties of AlMgSiCu aluminium alloys. The research will evaluate and develop the understanding of the use of forming at high strain rates equivalent to those achieved using explosive forming to extend ductility. A strong background in physical metallurgy is essential, and experience in microstructural characterisation is desirable.    

The project will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The projects will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST. You will be interacting with researchers in BCAST and with Constellium’s industrial research engineers.  

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491

Eligibility 

You should have or expect to receive a first degree at 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is also an advantage.  Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship.

How to Apply 

Please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 31st July 2018 at the latest: 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.

 

BCAST PhD Studentship: Modelling and Simulation of Manufacturing Induced Performance. 

Applications are invited for ONE full-time EPSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) PhD studentship for the project above at BCAST, Brunel University London starting from 1st October 2018. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,777 and payment of their full time home tuition fees.  

Deadline: 31st August 2018

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BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information.   

You will work on the development of novel modelling and simulation techniques for manufacturing induced performance enhancement to meet the future requirements of Constellium’s automotive products. More specifically, you will: (1) develop numerical models to simulate microstructure evolution in novel compositions based on 6xxx series aluminium alloys; (2) investigate through modelling the grain structure and precipitate evolution in modified 6xxx series alloys during thermomechanical processing;  (3) optimise the thermomechanical processing conditions to obtain the desired combination of strength and ductility in collaboration with experimentalists and (4) participate to the development of advanced alloys for energy absorption and closed loop recycling, tolerant to inclusions and impurity elements. 

The project will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The projects will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST. You will be interacting with researchers in BCAST and with Constellium’s industrial research engineers.  

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491 

Eligibility 

You are required to have or expected to receive a first degree at 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is also an advantage.   Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. 

How to Apply 

Please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 31st July 2018 at the latest: 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.

 

College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences PhD Studentship: Modelling and Monitoring Natural Flood Management Programmes in London

Applications are invited for ONE full time PhD studentship funded by the Environment Agency (Thames21) within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences.  The studentship is for a period of 3 years (36 months) effective 1st October 2018.  The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend starting at £17,000 (increasing by £1,000 in years 2 and 3) plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.

Deadline: Noon on Wednesday 5th September 2018

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Project Details

The successful candidate will work with project partners to develop a flood risk model, analyse and model range of potential Natural Flood Management techniques to the catchment areas. For each catchment area you will model potential interventions, evaluate which interventions are likely to deliver the best results and monitor the impacts of the interventions once they’ve been installed. The study will entail evaluation of various potential monitoring arrangements for the purpose of identifying the most viable NFM technique for each situation and will include impact analysis of various NFM methods on the risk of flooding.

Please contact Dr Evina Katsou at evina.katsou@brunel.ac.uk for an informal discussion about the studentship.

Eligibility

Applicants will have or expect to receive a first degree at 2:1 or above in Mechanical/Civil/Environmental Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or similar engineering related discipline.  A Masters degree is an advantage but not essential.   Overseas applicants must demonstrate they meet the English language entry requirements – see below.

How to Apply

Please email your application comprising all of the documents listed below by Noon on Wednesday 5th September 2018 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk:

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • A one A4 page personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e.: your skills and experience);
  • Your degree transcripts and/or certificates;
  • Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, with 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
  • Name and contact details for two academic referees.

Interviews will take place in mid-September 2018.

 

College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences PhD Studentships: Design and development of real-time predictive and adaptive control of production robots and automation equipment.

Applications are invited for TWO funded full time PhD studentships in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering to work on the IQONIC Project EU 2020 – an FoF Project.  The studentships are for a period of 3 years and successful applicants from the UK/EU will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 (tax free) plus payment of their full time Home/EU tuition fees.  Successful international applicants will receive payment of their full time international tuition fee and a maximum contribution to living costs of £1,500, adjustable annually.

Deadline: 20 September 2018

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You will work on an EU funded project relating to the design and development of real-time predictive and adaptive control of production robots and automation equipment.  You will develop highly flexible and adaptive manufacturing platforms for producing optoelectronics technologies. Optoelectronics technologies are used in consumer electronic goods, solar energy, communications, LED, industrial laser, and other field. The demand for optoelectronic devices are in the rise.    Faced with increasing complexity in manufacturing processes and volume of demand, the industry is striving for higher customisation and individualisation. This, combined with pressure to control production costs, imply that systems configurations need to change more frequently and dynamically. Automation and sustainability strategies would be the most logical route to reducing production costs. You will become part of the large and highly successful System Engineering Research Group (SERG) who will be the pioneers in creating new generation of highly effective and efficient and adaptive manufacturing systems that produces no defective products and no sudden breakdowns.   

Please contact Dr Ali Mousavi at ali.mousavi@brunel.ac.uk for an informal discussion.

Eligibility

Applicants will have or expect to receive a first degree at 2:1 or above in areas such as Robotics and Automations, Machine Tools, Control Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,  Mechatronics, or Electrical Electronics Engineering. A Masters degree is an advantage but not essential.  Previous industrial experience and/or national or international scientific awards will also be advantageous.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to think innovatively and produce solutions that will be applied and tested in multiple manufacturing sites throughout EU. 

How to Apply

Please email your application comprising all of the documents listed below by 20 September 2018 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk:

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your degree transcripts and/or certificates;
  • Evidence of English language skills to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Your personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate and your skills/experience in one or a combination of the following languages and technologies:
    • Software programming (Python, C, C++, C#, .NET or Java);
    • One of the Robotics Languages ;
    • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems, sensor and actuation networks and PLCs
    • Labview Suite
    • Hardware Decryption Languages (HDL)

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BCAST PhD Studentship: Formation of Intermetallics during Solidification of Aluminium Alloys 

Applications are invited for one full time PhD studentship at Brunel University London, to be agreed at interview. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months.  

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BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). Our research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information. 

You will study the formation of intermetallics in aluminium alloys as a function of processing conditions and alloy chemistry. The project aims to understand the nucleation of intermetallics during solidification of aluminium alloys and to develop practical approaches to refine such intermetallics. This project involves alloy preparation, solidification processing under various conditions and materials characterisation at different length scales.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491

Eligibility 

Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage.  In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills. Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship.

How to Apply 

If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees; 

 

BCAST PhD Studentship: Heterogeneous Nucleation during Solidification of Light Metals

Applications are invited for two full time PhD studentships at Brunel University London, to be agreed at interview.Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months.  

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BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). Our research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information. 

You will work on experimental investigation of heterogeneous nucleation of primary phases in light metals, such as aluminium and magnesium alloys produced by advanced casting technologies. These projects aim to advance our understanding of heterogeneous nucleation of primary phases during solidification of light metals and to exploit the heterogeneous nucleation concept in the microstructural refinement and defect control. These projects involve alloy preparation, solidification processing under various conditions and materials characterisation at different length scales

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491

Eligibility 

Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage.  In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills. Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship.

How to Apply 

If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees; 

 

BCAST PhD Studentship: Materials Modelling and Process Simulation in Casting of Light Metals

Applications are invited for ONE full time PhD studentship for this project with Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), to be agreed at interview. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months.  

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You will work on theoretical modelling of microstructural evolution in DC casting and computer simulation of casting process. Thisse projects will be pursued using a combination of analytical and numerical models to simulate solidification and casting processes in order to predict as-solidified microstructure and casting defects formation.

BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). Our research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information.  

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491

Eligibility

Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is an advantage. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage.  In addition, you should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills. 

Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. 

How to Apply 

If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk 

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees; 

All eligible applicants will be interviewed, time and date to be confirmed. 

 

NSIRC PhD Scholarships in Structural Integrity

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI offering PhD and MSc programmes in structural integrity. The studentships will cover  a stipend of £16,000 per year and tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, with total funding capped at £24,000 per year.

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Six PhD scholarships are available throughout the year in the following projects:

  • Application of pulsed eddy currents to the measurement of residual stresses
  • Laser Processing of Fibre Reinforced Plastic Composites
  • Process capability study for Friction Stir Welding: Benchmarking the process variants
  • Coded wave forms for high resolution ultrasonic guided wave response of complex structures
  • Examination of residual stress state in pipeline girth welds subject to high plastic deformation
  • Robustness of steel-framed offshore structures against fire and blast 

Eligibility: Home/EU and International
Requirements: Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree in Mechanical, Electrical/Electronics or Civil/Structural Engineering, Material Science, Metallurgy or Physics. Candidates with suitable work experience and strong capacity in numerical modelling and experimental skills are particularly welcome to apply. Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 6.5) if applicable.
Scholarship: This studentship is funded by NSIRC, industry partners and Brunel University London. For Home students a £24k per annum scholarship is available which will cover tuition fees and provide a competitive enhanced STIPEND of £16k per annum for the duration of three years. Partial scholarships are provided for international students with funding up to £24k per annum for three years.

To apply please contact Lara Gibson by email: lara.gibson@twi.co.uk

 

PhD Studentship: Measurement Information Management for Industry 4.0 (MIMI 4.0)

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship which aims to address data science challenges associated with Industry 4.0 and digitally-enabled quality engineering. The studentship is part of a collaborative project led by Brunel University London and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).  Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,777 (UK/EU candidates) or £10,000 (Overseas candidates) plus payment of their full time UK/EU or Overseas tuition fees, whichever is appropriate, for a period of 36 months (3 years).

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Brunel University London is supporting the development of the interdisciplinary research Institute of Innovative Quality Engineering and Smart Technology (I2QUEST). The I2QUEST is an international Industry - University - Research innovation platform, recently launched with Sichuan Mingxin Investment Group (SMIG), supported by Chengdu High-tech Zone, with its vision to be a world leading Centre of Excellence in innovative quality engineering and smart technology.

The studentship addresses the general aims that a) all measurement information in a factory should be findable, accessible, inter-operable and re-usable (the FAIR principles), and b) sufficient data and meta-data are captured in such a way that the quality and provenance of the measurement information can be assessed and made transparent. The research will involve developing creating a digital representation of measurement in manufacturing, capturing the creation, communication and the analysis of measurement information in the factory of the future. The research will contribute to the development of national and international standards for data and quality engineering.

The student will be based jointly at Brunel’s Uxbridge campus and at NPL’s Teddington site and will be part of the research teams in Brunel’s College of Engineering Design and Physical Sciences and NPL’s Data Science group. The student will be able participate in national and international conferences, interact with industrial partners, and will have an opportunity to travel to Chengdu, China, to work with collaborators associated with the Chengdu High-Tech Zone.

For an informal general discussion regarding the above post, please contact Professor Alistair Forbes at Alistair.Fobes@npl.co.uk or Dr QingPing Yang at QingPing.Yang@brunel.ac.uk.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in mathematics, computer science or a closely related discipline. Experience in scientific computation and/or database technologies is desirable. A Masters qualification is an advantage but not essential.

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